Since 2012 Johannes Vogel is the Director-General of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and Professor for Biodiversity and Public Science at the Humboldt University Berlin. He chairs the Leibniz Research Alliance Biodiversity and is a member of the German High Tech Forum. From 2016 – 2018 he chaired the European Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP), to advise the EU Commission, the Intergovernmental Competiveness Council and national stakeholders on a Europe-wide transition towards Open Science. Supporting bottom-up scientific and civic engagement he chairs the European Citizen Science Association.
After obtaining a Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of Cambridge in 1995 he pursued a research career at the Natural History Museum in London, becoming Keeper of Botany in 2004. His interests are the role of museums in science and society, public engagement with science, open science, democracy and innovation, (inter-) national science policy, biodiversity and plant evolutionary biology.